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has in the wars in afghanistan and iraq, managing the thorny pakistan relationship and preparing the united states for a leaner future. we started with afghanistan. with bin laden dead and relations with pakistan fraying. americans, including those who served in afghani, are saying that the mission is unduable the best course is to withdrawal as soon as possible. i asked the chief if the mission is still achievable. >> a critical part of the world. as we focus on this, it has been a focus on both afghanistan and pakistan and the region. as you said, bin laden is dead and had a huge impact on al- qaeda, but it did not eliminate al-qaeda. their leadership still lives there, and they threaten to plot and kill as many americans as they possibly can. we need to continue the press on al-qaeda and defeat them. strategically defeat them. that can only be done there. secondly, we are, with respect to afghanistan, we are working our way through a long-term strategic agreement right now, which, to which afghanistan president hamid karzai has indicated strong support. all of that is tied to
presence in afghanistan. >> >> question, next year's g.o.p. presidential ply mares, will defense spending be hands off or will defense spending become a wedge issue that divides the contendsers? i'll ask you, james. >> i think they're already divided. i think tim pawlenty is taking a super-hawk pro defense, we're not going to cut defense spending stance. other candidates, ron paul, jon huntsman are for shrinking the budget. it's about 5%. at the ends of the clinton era it was 3. i think there's tremendous appetite in both parties to lower defense spending. what will republicans offer to democrats in return for getting entitlement reform and they don't want to raise taxes. they might office defense cuts. >> south carolina senator senator graham can't imagine a republican running to the left of president obama on defense policies. but i think it's really hard to see what is the emerging worldview coming from this sets of republicans but they've been freed by the fact there's a democrat in the white house to be critical of military engagements but haven't defined where they would get involve
. on his first visit to afghanistan as secretary of defense leon panetta said yesterday that the defeat of al qaeda is within reach. panetta says eliminating as few as ten of the terrorists' top figures could cripple its ability to strike. citizens of the world's newest nation, the republic of south sudan celebrated their independence yesterday. the u.s. delegation to the festivities included former secretary of state colin powell who helped broker the end of sudan's civil war in 2005. the search for seven missing americans goes on this morning off the coast of baja california. they were on a boat that capsized last week in the sea of cortez. the mexican navy says the men may be on one of the area's barrier islands. in sports, the wait is over. more than 50,000 fans in new york's yankee stadium enjoyed an "i was there" moment yesterday when derek jeter stroked his,000th career hit. >> announcer: deep to left field. >> osgood: a home run over the left field wall. jeter is the 28th player in major league baseball history to reach the 3,000 hit mark and the first to hit all 3,000 as a yank
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